- Site Color Overview
- Selecting and Placing a Site Color
- Site Color and Layers
- Adding Your Own Color Wheels
- Editing a Color on an Existing Wheel
- Coloring Blocks
- Adding Color to Reference Note (RefNote) Hatches
- Related Webinars
Looking to spice up your site design a bit for a presentation? Our Site Color tool provides a quick and simple method of adding color to your site hatches.
Site Color is only a presentation tool and is not engineered to maintain Land F/X data in a hatched area. Therefore, you should only use this tool to color generic site areas (such as a paving area you'd like to include in your presentation but not calculate its materials). In fact, Site Color will delete any data associated with a hatched area in your drawing if you select that area to color.
Site Color Overview
Open the Site Color tool:
F/X Site ribbon, Site Color flyout
or type SiteColor in the Command line
The Site Color Manager will open.
Selecting and Placing a Site Color
Selecting a Wheel, Color, and Hue
The small color wheels at the top of the Manager are the available color wheels.
The larger color wheel is the currently selected wheel. Click a wheel to select it.
When you first open the Site Color Manager, you may only see the larger wheel pictured above – our default color wheel. As you and your colleagues add your own custom color wheels, you'll begin to see more available wheels in the Site Color Manager.
To select a range of colors to place, click a color on the color wheel (example: red).
You'll now see a range of hues of that color.
Select a hue to place it (example: brick red).
The Site Color palette also lists the numeric color value of the selected hue.
Placing a Site Color
Remember: Site Color is designed as a presentation tool for your generic hatches. It's not designed to coexist with areas that contain data (such as Area/Volume RefNotes, groundcovers, etc.). If you place a Site Color in an area that contains data, you'll delete that data from your drawing.
When you select a hue, the cursor will turn into a pickbox, and the Command line will prompt you to Select polyline or interior point to hatch, [Draw].
Use the pickbox to click a closed polyline area in your drawing.
The area will now be shaded with the hue you selected.
As with our other hatches, you can also type D with Site Color active to draw a new closed polyline area to color.
Site Color and Layers
Site Color works by layer, meaning the colors it places will exist in your drawing on set layers.
The Site Color Manager includes a Layer menu that lists the currently selected layer of your drawing where the selected color will be placed.
The default Site Color layer is named L-SITE-COLOR-FILL.
If you place a color in your drawing with this layer selected, that color will exist in the drawing on the layer L-SITE-COLR-FILL.
Adding Your Own Site Color Layers
It's a good idea to add a new layer for each Site Color you want to place in your drawing. Adding your own layers will allow you greater freedom in adding and removing various colors in your drawing.
To add a layer, select New from the Layer menu.
The New Layer Name dialog box will open.
Type a name for your layer (example: PAVEMENT). Then click OK.
You'll now see your layer name in the Layer menu.
To place a color on your new layer, select that layer from the menu. Then select and place a color.
You can continue to add new layers as needed for different site areas you want to color.
Turning Color Layer(s) On and Off
We've updated the Site Color tool to include buttons that turn color layers on and off. These quick settings can come in handy when you need to transition from presentation to construction documents, or back into presentation mode.
To turn your Site Color layer(s) off, select the layer in the Layer menu and click the dark ("off") lightbulb button.
The color fills on the selected layer will be turned off, as shown below.
To turn your color layer(s) back on, select the layer and click the yellow ("on") lightbulb button.
Adding Your Own Color Wheels
The default color wheel in the Site Color Manager is a basic wheel containing (roughly) all the colors in the prism range. You can easily create your own custom color palettes by adding your own color wheels.
To add a new color wheel, click the plus (+) sign at the top of the Site Color Manager.
You'll now see a blank gray wheel in the Site Color Manager. Click the wheel to start selecting colors to add to it.
The Select Color dialog box will open. Click within the prism to select a color. You can refine your color using the various menus, which offer options such as Hue, Saturation, and Luminance.
You can also select a Color Model or type an RGB color value. Click OK to add the selected color to your custom wheel.
For additional information on selecting a color, please see our Selecting Colors page.
You'll now see a section of the wheel in the color you selected.
When you select that color, you'll see the range of available hues.
You can continue to add colors to complete your custom wheel.
Matching Specific Color Palettes
Need to match a specific color palette? Use the following links:
- Pantone: Browse the Pantone Color Books.
- Chartpak: Browse 47 Chartpak markers and their RGB values. (Mike Lin Palette)
Editing a Color on an Existing Wheel
To edit a color on an existing wheel – including wheels you've created – right-click that color on the wheel to open the Edit button.
Click Edit to edit any of your colors.
In the Select a Color dialog box, you can refine your color by clicking within the prism as well as using the various menus and fields.
You can also edit any hue of a color on an existing wheel using this same method. However, we recommend editing on the color level rather than on the hue level. Editing hues creates a few complications that make it not worthwhile unless you're extremely particular about the hue you want to place in your drawing. Even then, the dialog box shown above allows remarkable precision in refining your colors and, consequently, their hues.
We've begun adding color fills to many of our blocks in the Plan Graphics and Elevation Graphics libraries. The Site Color tool also allows you to add your own color fills to our blocks, as well as your own. For more information, please see our Colorizing Site & Hardscape Blocks page.
Adding Color to Reference Note (RefNote) Hatches
We've engineered Color Render to work with Reference Notes (RefNote) hatches that you've placed using our Area/Volume RefNote tool. Color Render now colorizes these areas in the same way it colorizes a groundcover or Shrub Area hatch, retaining the hatch pattern and associated data. For further information and instructions, please see our Add Color to RefNote Hatches documentation page.
- Using PResentation Graphics: Get some "from-the-basics" looks at some of our presentation graphics tools, such as Plant Color Render, Site Color, and SketchUp Connection. Along the way, we'll also give you some more advanced tips for developing a great presentation. (58 min)